2016 05 24
Dion must demand Badawi release and respect for human rights

OTTAWA – Ahead of his meeting with his Saudi counterpart, the NDP is urging Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion to challenge the Saudi Arabia regime on human rights and to demand the immediate release of imprisoned blogger Raïf Badawi.  ...

2016 05 20
NDP alarmed as liberals approve GM salmon

OTTAWA – New Democrats are alarmed by the Liberal government's announcement that it has approved genetically modified salmon for sale and consumption in Canada.  ...

2016 05 19
NDP forces reversal on liberal power grab

OTTAWA – New Democrats welcome the Liberal government's decision to reverse their lastest attempt to strong-arm Parliament.

At the start of this week, Liberals introduced Motion 6, a motion that if passed, would have robbed MPs of many of the tools they use to do their work and represent Canadians. In an unprecendent show of unity the opposition parties joined together in pressuring the government to reverse their decision.  ...

2016 05 18
NDP outraged as Liberals take veterans back to court

OTTAWA – New Democrats are outraged by reports today that veterans are yet again being fought in court by their own government that will deny our heroes their benefits. This comes after the Liberal Party campaigned on bringing back a lifetime pension for veterans.  ...

2016 05 18
Mulcair welcomes official apology on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru tragedy

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru tragedy: 

“Over a hundred years ago, 376 passengers boarded a Japanese steamship named Komagata Maru. Most of them were Sikhs from the Punjab region of India, searching for safety and a better life in Canada.  ...

2016 05 17
New Democrats extend solidarity, support and empathy to the people of Alberta and Fort McMurray

OTTAWA – The Federal Council of the New Democratic Party of Canada adopted a motion this weekend to extend solidarity, support and empathy to the people of Alberta and Fort McMurray in the wake of the devastating wild fires.  ...

2016 05 17
NDP statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

NDP LGBT critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca) made the following statement today on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia:  ...

2016 05 17
NDP welcomes government bill to protect gender identity and gender expression

OTTAWA – Today, Randall Garrison, NDP LGBTQ critic and MP for Esquimalt — Saanich — Sooke, welcomed the government’s introduction of a bill to add protections based on gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. The text of the government's legislation is identical to bills put forward in the past by the NDP.  ...

2016 05 17
NDP wants to make it easier for family businesses to be passed on to future generations

OTTAWA – Guy Caron, NDP Finance critic, along with his colleagues, Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Agriculture and Agri-Food), Gord Johns (Small Business) and Fin Donnelly (Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard) held a press conference to present measures to make it easier for family businesses to be passed on to future generations.  ...

2016 05 15
NDP selects time frame for leadership vote

OTTAWA – The Federal Council of the New Democratic Party of Canada met in Ottawa today to make key decisions about the process for the NDP to elect its next leader. Council has decided that the next leader will be elected between September 17, 2017 and October 31, 2017.  ...

2016 05 13
Liberals lacking ambition on international aid

OTTAWA — Earlier this week, the Prime Minister called the UN goal to spend 0.7% of Gross Domestic Product on foreign aid “too ambitious”. The Minister of International Development had announced earlier this year that her government wouldn’t meet the 0.7% foreign aid goal.  ...

2016 05 12
Radio-Canada, Telefilm Canada, NFB: where is the promised funding?


May 12, 2016

OTTAWA – After new spending for Canada’s cultural sector was announced in the last federal budget, the NDP is disappointed to see that the latest documents tabled by the Treasury Board make no mention of this reinvestment.   ...

2016 05 10
NDP reality check: What liberals said about the Conservative omnibus budget bill?

Today the Liberals moved time allocation to shut down debate on their 179 page omnibus bill which amends 35 separate Acts and regulations. Just like the Conservatives did before them.  ...

2016 05 10
NDP budget amendments to oppose $2.2 billion tax on small business

OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Small Business, Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) announced today that his party would introduce amendments to reinstate the small business tax cuts that the Liberal omnibus budget bill proposes to cancel.  ...

2016 05 06
Liberals must recognize right to housing

OTTAWA — Earlier this week, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) called on the government to support two bills aimed at including the right to housing in the Canadian Bill of Rights and implementing a national strategy for secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing.  ...

2016 05 06
Liberals must split omnibus budget to ensure proper study

OTTAWA – The NDP moved two motions yesterday with the aim of splitting the Liberals' omnibus budget bill to ensure that wide ranging changes to more than 30 different Acts can be properly studied by Parliament.  ...

2016 05 05
Liberals launch review to break promise on home mail delivery

OTTAWA — The Minister responsible for Canada Post, Judy Foote, announced today that her government won’t necessarily restore home mail delivery. This contradicts the Liberals’ promise during the election campaign.  ...

2016 05 04
Liberals take page from Conservative playbook with omnibus budget bill

When the Conservatives bundled changes to dozens of laws into an omnibus budget bill in order to ram them through Parliament with little to no debate, the Liberals were beside themselves with anger and disappointment.  ...

2016 05 04
NDP statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement:

“Today, we join Canadians in observing Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

On this day of mourning, we honour the memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah – one of the darkest chapters in human history.  ...

2016 05 03
Liberals refuse to protect our dairy producers

OTTAWA – Today, the Liberal government voted against an NDP motion to protect our dairy producers. The Liberals are therefore breaking their election promises and commitments made at the beginning of their mandate to require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.  ...

2016 05 03
AG report: mismanagement putting lives at risk

OTTAWA – Today’s Auditor General Report revealed yet another 12 months of mismanagement within the Federal Government. The report highlights many problems, including Canada’s reservists being treated as second class soldiers, chronic delays in appointment process leaving people in need hanging and a veterans drug benefits mismanaged costing to veterans health and higher costs for taxpayers.  ...

2016 04 30
NDP statement on the national day of commemoration of the exodus of vietnamese refugees

New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît) made the following statement:

“On this National Day of Commemoration of the Exodus of Vietnamese Refugees, we highlight the achievements of Canada’s Vietnamese community as well as Canada’s tradition of hospitality and inclusiveness.  ...

2016 04 28
Day of Mourning: Liberals must restore the right to refuse unsafe work

NDP Labour critic Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West) made the following statement on the National Day of Mourning:

"Despite the progress Canada has made over the years, every year many Canadians are still injured and killed in the performance of their work. Today we remember them, and recommit to making workplace safety a top priority.  ...

2016 04 27
Liberals consider Star Wars sequel in secret defence consultations

VANCOUVER — The Liberal government has launched a secretive round of defence consultations that puts "everything" on the table, including the privatization of important services like search and rescue and even reconsidering participation in the American's 'Star Wars' ballistic missile defence program.  ...

2016 04 27
Human Rights Tribunal puts liberals under third party management

Angus: After months of delays in protecting indigenous kids, the Human Rights Tribunal has now ordered the Liberal government to take immediate action – essentially putting them under third Party Management

OTTAWA– After the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal landmark ruling that found that the Canadian government discriminates against Indigenous children, the tribunal is now calling out the Liberal government for failing to take action to protect these children.  ...

2016 04 26
NDP: Alberta needs more than a Liberal cabinet meeting

While the Liberal cabinet holds private meetings with high-paid consultants at in the comfort of Kananaskis, many Albertans are being left behind by the decisions of the Liberal government.    ...

2016 04 26
Liberals recycled privatization schemes belong in the trash

The Liberal Government made big commitments on new infrastructure spending during the election, and while yesterday's announcement falls more than $3.4 billion short of what they promised, it also highlights their privatization scheme.  ...

2016 04 25
Reality check: how many liberal promises does it take to change a tanker law?

If you were surprised to read today’s Bloomberg News report that “Enbridge’s Gateway Resuscitated as Trudeau Wavers on Tankers”,  you’re not alone.  ...

2016 04 22
NDP statement on earth day

NDP Environment and Climate Change critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) made the following statement:

"Earth Day is an opportunity for Canadians to join people around the world in a call for action to preserve our planet.  ...

2016 04 22

OTTAWA —Budget 2016 contained zero new dollars to address the huge shortfall in health and mental health services for Indigenous peoples.

“While these communities require long-term solutions, they also require the immediate supports to address the health and mental health crisis that were entirely missing from the Liberal budget,” says MP Charlie Angus NDP Indigenous and Northern Affairs Critic.  ...

2016 04 21
NDP statement on Passover

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement:

"As Passover celebrations begin, my family and I extend our best wishes to all members of the Jewish community – in Canada and around the world.  ...

2016 04 20



April 20, 2016


OTTAWA – New Democrats announced today they want to ensure that the Liberal government keeps its election promises and commitments made at the beginning of its mandate and require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.    ...

2016 04 18
Liberals betray aerospace workers

OTTAWA — New Democrats are calling on the government to withdraw Bill C-10, which would make the layoff of 2,600 Air Canada and Aveos workers permanent. Bill C-10 would allow Air Canada to ship aircraft maintenance jobs out of the country – creating precarious working conditions in the aerospace industry.  ...

2016 04 18
NDP Reality Check: Flexible Liberal Ethics

When is an ethics code more of a suggestion than a rule?

When you're the Liberal Minister of Justice, as it turns out.

The rules that the Liberals made banning selling access to Ministers are clear:  ...

2016 04 14
Mathyssen introduces bills to support Veterans

Today, New Democrat Veterans critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced two bills supporting Canadian Forces (CF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) veterans and their families.   The bills, if passed, will provide much needed financial supports.  ...

2016 04 13
Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet presents housing recommendations

Today, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) released the report from her cross-Canada housing tour. After a three-year tour of more than thirty communities, Boutin-Sweet reports that the situation is devastating.  ...

2016 04 12
NDP statement on the upcoming Komagata Maru apology

NDP Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship critic, Jenny Kwan, made the following statement on the announcement of a formal Komagata Maru apology:

“On May 23, 1914 the Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet carrying 376 British subjects from India seeking refuge and a better life in Canada. For two months this vessel sat in port while its passengers were summarily denied disembarkation and basic necessities such as food and water. On July 23 the Komagata Maru was turned around and forced to depart for Asia.  ...

2016 04 10
Statement from NDP National Director, Karl Bélanger

This weekend, in the best traditions of our party, we gathered for lively and respectful debate — and to chart a path forward together.

The membership’s desire for change and renewal has been heard. The NDP Federal Council will meet this afternoon to initiate the process to determine the next steps towards a leadership election.  ...

2016 04 05

OTTAWA - Despite warnings from Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about the negative impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal on Canada, Liberals are pushing ahead while refusing to commit to compensation for industries that will be hurt.  ...

2016 04 04
NDP statement on the “Panama Papers” scandal

NDP National Revenue critic Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke) made the following statement:

“Operation ‘Panama Papers’ has exposed the shocking use of offshore tax havens. New Democrats have always fought against this kind of abuse that allows the wealthy to play by different rules than ordinary Canadians.  ...

2016 04 04
NDP statement on conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

The following statement was issued today by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie):


“This weekend’s clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh are profoundly alarming and represent the most serious escalation of this conflict in more than 20 years.  ...